Watch videos offline on mobile in select countries
In select locations, certain videos on the YouTube mobile app are available to download for offline playback during periods of low or no connectivity.
The features described in this article are available in the locations listed below. If YouTube Premium is available in your location, you can watch downloaded videos on your mobile device by becoming a YouTube Premium member. If you are a YouTube Premium member, learn how to manage your download settings.
Please note: YouTube may not be launched in the following locations and therefore may not operate in these territories. We are working to launch more territories and bring a localized version of YouTube to more countries.
- Bouvet Island
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- Burkina Faso
- Côte d'Ivoire
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Cook Islands
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Federated States of Micronesia
- French Guiana
- French Polynesia
- Marshall Islands
- Myanmar (Burma)
- New Caledonia
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Papua New Guinea
- Republic of the Congo
- São Tomé and Príncipe
- Saint Helena
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- Svalbard and Jan Mayen
- The Gambia
- United Arab Emirates
- Western Sahara
Download videos to watch offline
If you are located in one of the countries listed above, you can download certain videos from the YouTube mobile app to watch offline for up to 48 hours. After that, you'll need to reconnect your device to a mobile or Wi-Fi network every 48 hours to allow the app to check for changes to the video or its availability.
- Go to the video Watch page.
- Below the video, tap the download icon or select Download from a video's context Menu .
- Once the video is downloaded, the download icon will appear blue below the video.
If your device loses connectivity as you’re downloading a video or playlist, your progress will resume automatically when you reconnect to a mobile or Wi-Fi network.
Note: In some countries, non-music content can be played for up to 29 days without requiring an internet connection. You must reconnect to the internet at least once every 29 days after.
Learn more about YouTube offline videos.
View and remove downloaded videos
Remove individual videos
To access videos or playlists that have been downloaded, tap Downloads in the Library tab of the YouTube mobile app.
You can remove videos you've downloaded in two ways:
- Tap the download icon below the video you'd like to remove.
- Select Delete.
- Go to the Library tab in the YouTube mobile app.
- Tap Downloads.
- Tap the Menu next to the video you'd like to remove.
- Select Delete.
Remove all downloaded videos
You can view and delete all of the videos you've downloaded with the following steps:
- Tap Menu Settings.
- In Settings, tap Downloads Clear Downloads.
- Tap OK in the dialog box below "Delete all videos and playlists?"
Update Download settings
By default, videos are downloaded on iOS devices through Wi-Fi only while other devices download over both Wi-Fi and cellular data. To allow videos or playlists to be downloaded over mobile networks, go to Menu Settings Downloads and uncheck the box next to "Download over Wi-Fi only."
Set the default quality of your downloads by going to Settings Downloads Quality. Higher quality videos may consume more data, take longer to appear in the Downloads section, and take up more space on your device.
To view how much space you have left on your device for downloadable content, go to Menu Settings Downloads in the app. If you have less than 5% of storage space remaining on your device, you won’t be able to download additional videos. To free up additional space, try removing existing downloads or other content stored on your device.
Some videos are unavailable for offline playback. In most countries, if a video is unavailable for offline playback, the download icon will appear disabled.
Downloaded videos can be played offline for up to 48 hours. After that, you'll need to reconnect your device to a mobile or Wi-Fi network every 48 hours to allow the app to check for changes to the video or its availability. If a video is no longer available for offline playback, it will be removed from your device during the next sync.
You must be signed in to download videos. Videos or playlists that are added to Downloads can be played while signed in with the same account. Some features, like commenting and liking, are only available when your device is connected to a mobile or Wi-Fi network.
You’ll see a list of recommended content on the Downloads page below any videos you’ve already downloaded. You may also see a panel pop-up at the bottom of your screen when we have new download recommendations.
To download recommended videos, tap the download icon .
Recommended downloads won’t be automatically saved to your device, nor use any of your storage, unless you tap the download icon to save them. If you tap the download icon while you’re offline, the video will be downloaded the next time you connect to a network approved for downloads.
If you would like to opt out of receiving download recommendations:
- Tap on your profile picture .
- Tap Settings Background & Downloads.
- Toggle “Recommend Downloads” to the off position.